Had the future of motion pictures been left in the hands of Thomas Alva Edison, there would be no Hollywood, no buttered popcorn, and no Star Wars. Edison was reluctant to commit his staff to developing moving images; he thought their only real audience, small children, would tire of them quickly. To turn Edison around, it took the persistent personality of William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, an engineer of Scottish descent with a rare devotion to photography. Working deep within the shadow of America's icon of ingenuity, Dickson advanced each of the critical processes that would show the world the wonder of movies, inadvertently perpetuating the myth of Edison as the lone inventor. Year later, while still alive, Laurie Dickson would be recognized by his contemporaries as the true father of film, and eventually historians would justly record his accomplishments as the most significant work of any single man in the fledgling years of the motion picture industry.